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Seeding the Next 10 Years of The Creative Advantage 

The Creative Advantage has completed our first ten years of implementation and is now in every Seattle Public School. We’re embarking on a strategic plan with the help of Rainbow Research to sustain and deepen our work for the next 10 years. Just before the end of the school year,… [ Keep reading ]

The Arts Sector is Vital to Downtown Recovery and the Creative Economy

May 28, 2024 Re: Written comments required by Seattle Municipal Code 3.14.830G, as amended by Ordinance No. 123460 (2010) Dear Mayor Harrell, As our city continues to recover from the impacts of the pandemic, we appreciate that you are working to navigate civic challenges that range from economic stability to… [ Keep reading ]

The Naramore Art Show celebrates over 200 Youth Artworks

The Naramore Art Show celebrates over 200 artworks by middle and high school students at the Seattle Art Museum’s Community Gallery. Seattle Public Schools has held the Naramore Art Show since 1985 to celebrate the brilliance of our emerging artists and share their creativity with the greater Seattle community. There… [ Keep reading ]

Arts Education is a Student Right!  

March is Arts Education Month and we’re inspired by CreateCA’s campaign demanding that every student has access to arts education. The Creative Advantage was founded on that premise and over a decade, we’ve made a lot of progress. Here’s to all the teachers, principals, teaching artists, and community partners who… [ Keep reading ]

2024 Grants and Funding Opportunities 

See what funding opportunities we’re offering for 2024 and mark your calendar to apply.

Over 500 Students Attend Creative Economy Career Day 2024

“Youth are the future and creativity is the future,” said Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) Director Gülgün Kayim during her opening remarks at Creative Economy Career Day. On Friday, Feb. 9, more than 500 students were welcomed to McCaw Hall in Seattle Center to attend the sold out… [ Keep reading ]

Gülgün Kayim Sworn In as Director of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Seattle, WA – Today, Gülgün Kayim was sworn in as the Director of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS). ARTS staff, wearing Director Kayim’s favorite color as a surprise, crowded the chamber in shades of red, joking that they should arrange themselves from cool to warm tones. This… [ Keep reading ]

2023 Year in Review

As we pause to reflect on the events and work of the last year, I am incredibly grateful to be directing Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture and to be surrounded by a dynamic and inspiring team. Despite many challenges and a tremendous amount of change, I’m proud of the… [ Keep reading ]

Youth Arts Grant Open

Artists, arts and cultural organizations, youth-serving agencies and degree-granting institutions are invited to apply for the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Youth Arts (YA) Grant. The Youth Arts grant supports two years of equitable access to arts and cultural learning opportunities for Seattle’s middle and high school-aged youth. The deadline to apply is February 27, 2024, 5PM Pacific.

GZ Radio at Art Beat: Winter Edition

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is partnering with Ground Zero Radio (GZ Radio) to expand and support youth-led artistic programming. GZ Radio is youth-led, building community relationships, and offers career-connected learning programs that empower youth to take ownership of their futures through multimedia.